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Geography:Chapter 17

TermDefinition
Navigable Deep and wide enough to allow ships to pass. The channel is navigable.
Hub A central point of concentrated activity and influence. Over the years such central control grew easier as Madrid became the hub.
Renaissance This was a great period of art and learning that started in Italy in the 1300s and was diffused throughout Europe. Florence is a cultural center made famous by Michelangelo and other painters during the Renaissance.
Tsunami A long high sea wave caused by an earthquake. The tsunami was very catastrophic to the island.
Dry Farming A method of farming in semiarid areas without the aid of irrigation, using drought-resistant crops and conserving moisture. Dry Farming can be used in areas that have significant annual rainfall during a wet season.
Seismic Activity Somewhere where there are many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The Apennine Mountains experience seismic activity.
Graben Areas of land that have dropped down between faults. The Aegean Sea to the east of the Greek mainland occupies a graben.
Plume A cluster of distinctive feathers usually used for clothing. The man had an ornamental plume clothed around his head and neck.
Sirocco A hot wind, often dusty or rainy, blowing from North Africa across the Mediterranean to southern Europe. Hunting seems impossible when the sirocco winds blow from the desert.
Subsidence The gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land. Agriculture became more difficult because of the steady soil subsidence.
Inhabitable Suitable to live in; habitable. The house was still inhabitable after the storm.
Columnar Rocks Hexagonal rocks formed from lava. As lava cools to form basalt, it may crack into a hexagonal or other shape and form columns.
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